SAYL Mail February 1, 2019

News and opportunity updates for School and Youth Librarians from the Alaska State Library

In Brief

Two conferences this month!

ASTE Conference February 16-19 in Anchorage: Featuring Tiffany Whitehead the Mighty Little Librarian who will present the opening keynote, “Relationships: The True Power Source” along with additional presentations on news literacy, teaching digital learners and a librarian workshop , Examining the Sacred Cows of School Librarianship Feb 16 8:30-11:30 am. 

Along with Tiffany there will be several Alaskan school librarians offering presentations:

  • CS Fundamentals for K-3 Grade Levels
  • Exploring AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
  • Fostering Wonder, empowering curiosity and inspiring inquiry
  • How to maximize your eRate infrastructure dollars
  • PLUG in to the standards to UNPLUG from your curriculum: Using Guided Inquiry to meet the standards
  • Engaging Learners through Technology
  • CS Fundamentals for 4-6th grade Levels
  • Crosswalking the AASL & ISTE Standards with Tech Tools
  • Leverage the untapped potential of your school library
  • Fostering wonder, empowering curiosity and inspiring inquiry
  • Makerspace 101: 101 Non-tech makerspace ideas
  • UNPLUG your library; Using technology and standards to transform your library from a space to a destination

AKLA Conference Feb 28-March 3 in Juneau: Catch the early bird registration rates until February 7th. Register online.

Any questions about registration, email Early rate for members is $240. More information is available at

This conference will feature the following sessions of particular interest to school librarians:

  • AkASL and Battle of the Books
  • Inspiring Curiosity, Fostering Wonder and Encouraging Noticing in K-2
  • Talking to Legislators 101
  • Bringing the World to Your Library via Virtual Fieldtrips
  • Embracing Diverse Books
  • Student Blogging with ELL Students
  • Addressing Alaska Student Reading Scores through School and Community Library Cooperation
  • AkASL eBoard Meeting
  • Learning Express Library: the eLearning Resource for Test Prep, Job Search and Lifelong Learning
  • Everything Audio for Kids
  • Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich
  • Battle of the Books Title Selection Workshop
  • Creating School Library Needs Based Budget Proposals
  • Makers to Mentors and Libraries Ready to Code: Supporting Computational Thinking and Computer Science from Preschool to High School at HPL
  • AkASL General Membership Meeting
  • Makers to Mentors; A Year of Youth Programming
  • Leadership 24/7

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Early Registration promotion until Feb 17, 2019

Registration is now open for the  #AAS19 National conference in Louisville, KY Nov. 14-16. If you plan to attend the conference, save $100 by registering with coupon code AASL100, NOW through Feb 17; no payment required until conference time. Visit for registration, schedule, “make the case” and more.

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities


February 13, 2019 1-2 PM AKT

Easy as 1, 2, 3 Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today

With Stony Evans, Ann Dutton Ewbank and Deborah Rinio

Register now at  (School Library Connection)

Like it or not, advocacy is not an optional activity for school librarians. Fortunately, the work involved doesn’t need to be especially difficult or time-consuming, so it’s time to roll up our sleeves! Come learn from three expert school library advocates who will share practical tips and ready-to-go resources to start getting key stakeholders in your corner today, from the hallway to the town hall. Dr. Ann Dutton Ewbank will discuss how to build relationships and networks to influence decision-makers at the local and state level. Dr. Deborah Rinio will talk about the importance of language and how you can craft your advocacy message to increase its impact. Finally, Stony Evans, high school teacher librarian, will share strategies for transforming the teachers in your school into powerful voices speaking on your behalf.

February 13, 20193:00 PM AKT

Gamify Your School Library (AASL eCollab)

You have seen gamification in a variety of settings: completing a punch card to earn a free sandwich or receiving a badge for taking a certain number of steps. The idea is to encourage brand loyalty, so how does gamification impact your school library? Games, in any form, increase motivation through engagement. This webinar demonstrates how to gamify aspects of your school library. We will explore the design process, teaching strategies, and digital tools for taking library services and instruction to the next level. 

Register via Zoom

February 28, 2019 3:00 PM AKT

Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (AASL eCollab)

This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. To demonstrate how the app is both distinct from and complements the National School Library Standards text, we will share examples for use in three categories: working with school librarian candidates on lesson planning and reflections; professional development planning; and writing and presenting research as a university faculty member. Our session will conclude with opportunities for participants to engage in discussion about the use of the app as school library educators and possible advocacy connections afforded by the app.

Register via Zoom

Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AKT

The fascinating field of robotics is a powerful tool for sparking young people’s interest in STEM careers. Both presenters—Rich Mahoney and Graham Ryland—were inspired to pursue careers in STEM at a young age and are now working on the next generation of robotics in Silicon Valley. This edWebinar will offer a short historical review of the field, links to free resources for teachers to draw on when introducing the subject of robotics, and provide real world stories and examples from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom to make the subject more relatable and authentic.

Elementary and early middle school are critical times, especially for girls, to spark a passion for STEM that will help sustain them through the rigor of a technical education. Viewers will walk away with unique ways to leverage the attention-grabbing power of robotics and ignite critical thinking towards engaging students.

Register at

Social-Emotional Learning in the Library

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Integrating social-emotional learning into the learner experience is becoming a priority among school districts but competing initiatives vie for professional development and instructional time. The library program can serve as a vehicle to incorporate emotional wellness into each student’s day.

In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more. This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 librarians, teachers, and administrators. Michelle will answer questions throughout her presentation.


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